The ADA states that addiction is a disability. People with addiction to alcohol, and in recovery from opioids and other drugs have protections under the law. Learn about rights and responsibilities below!
This PDF addresses how the ADA applies to alcohol and substance use disorders, differently. These differences are illustrated with scenarios about alcohol, opioids, cocaine and marijuana. You will understand: the ADA’s definition of disability and how it applies to addiction and recovery; and the protections the ADA provides in employment, state and local government services and places of public accommodations.
The ADA, Addiction and Recovery Fact Sheet Series
- The ADA, Addiction and Recovery
- The ADA, Addiction, Recovery and Employment
- The ADA, Addiction, Recovery and State and Local Governments
The ADA National Network has released three fact sheets in our 'ADA, Addiction, and Recovery’ series! Learn more about how the ADA applies to people with addiction to alcohol and people in recovery from opioids and other drugs.
Thirty years after the passage of the ADA, thousands of people in recovery are unaware of their civil rights under the law. It is critical for addiction professionals to be aware that the ADA has protections for the people they serve. This article helps professionals to stay informed and provides those they serve with the information, support and advocacy to trigger those rights.